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Follow the voices of the past on this 9-day adventure along the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers aboard the MS Louisiane. Listen for the echoes of river pirates at Cave-In-Rock, visit the remarkable National Quilt Museum in Paducah, and relive the tragedy of the Civil War at Shiloh National Military Park, where more soldiers died in one battle than in all of America's previous wars up to that time, combined. Discover the unique architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House in Florence, enjoy a slice of bourbon pecan pie in Decatur, scale Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway, and observe how baseball bats are made at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Louisville, Kentucky
Day 2 : Louisville, Kentucky | Embark
Day 3 : Scenic Cruising
Day 4 : Cave-in-Rock, Illinois
Day 5 : Paducah, Kentucky
Day 6 : Savannah/Shiloh, Tennessee
Day 7 : Florence, Alabama
Day 8 : Decatur, Alabama
Day 9 : Chattanooga, Tennessee | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Cave-in-Rock, a village based in a natural cave along the river
  • Rejoice in the extraordinary tale of Helen Keller at Ivy Green House
  • View the many evocative statues dotting the Shiloh Civil War battlefield
  • Take flight at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at NASA's Flight Center

Ship

MS Louisiane

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cave-In-Rock, Illinois Savannah/Shiloh. Tennessee Florence, Alabama NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama Chattanooga, Tennessee

Day 1 Louisville, Kentucky

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Louisville and check in to your deluxe hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s attractions. Discover this captivating city, named after King Louis XVI of France, as you sip a mint julep and stroll the waterfront. Be sure to head to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Churchill Downs, or learn about a boxing legend at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Day 2 Louisville, Kentucky | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your fare includes breakfast this morning at your hotel as well as a transfer to the Louisiane and all porterage. Settle into your stateroom or suite, head to The Veranda for a light snack, and then bid Louisville farewell as the Louisiane departs and you immerse yourself in the joys of life on the river. Bon voyage!

Day 3 Scenic Cruising

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The pleasures of the Louisiane become apparent as you start your day with a made-to-order beignet and café au lait in The Veranda. Read a book, talk to the Illuminator, the onboard historian, and then enjoy made-to-order crêpes for lunch. Spend the afternoon with new friends and sip a pre-dinner aperitif in the Bar Royale. Then indulge in the Southern and Continental cuisine of The Crescent Room followed by stimulating entertainment before retiring to your suite or stateroom for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 4 Cave-in-Rock, Illinois

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You're sure to find this sleepy little village's 19th-century swashbuckling past rather intriguing. From their base in a natural cave along the river, armed river pirates used to hide where they could easily row out and rob passing steamboats.

Day 5 Paducah, Kentucky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Picture 42,000 Union soldiers boarding 185 ships on their way upriver, and get a sense of the rich local history that is captured at the Floodwall Murals. See the Wacinton Sculpture honoring the Chickasaw Indians and tour the enchanting National Quilt Museum.

Day 6 Savannah/Shiloh, Tennessee

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Commemorate one of the most legendary Civil War battles at Shiloh Battlefield, where more than 111,000 Union and Confederate soldiers clashed and casualties reached nearly 24,000. View the many evocative statues dotting the battlefield and learn about this momentous struggle at the exhaustive interpretive center.

Day 7 Florence, Alabama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rejoice in the extraordinary tale of Helen Keller at Ivy Green House, where “The Miracle Worker” Anne Sullivan saved the young girl from a life of darkness, and step into a rich musical legacy at FAME recording studios, where luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and The Osmonds laid down iconic tracks.

Day 8 Decatur, Alabama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take flight at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, featuring exhibits and artifacts detailing the dramatic history of America’s space exploration, an extensive collection of rockets deemed “the finest in the world” by legendary astronaut John Glenn, and even g-force simulators for the boldest among you.

Day 9 Chattanooga, Tennessee | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Bid adieu to the Louisiane and tarry in lively Chattanooga, graced by nature with remarkable vistas including a view of seven states from atop towering Lookout Mountain, home to the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Stroll to the world-class Hunter Museum of American Art across the wrought-iron Walnut Street Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge.

MS Louisiane

Per person starting at
$3,999
MS Louisiane Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
Artfully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
Tastefully appointed with a large mirror and a double armoire, these staterooms feature two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane French Balcony Stateroom
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French Balcony Stateroom
Staterooms are gracefully furnished and include a French balcony to absorb the ever-changing landscape. Offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, a seating area and two standard-sized twin beds that convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Promenade Stateroom
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Promenade Stateroom
These stylish staterooms feature windows and a windowed door that opens to an expansive promenade seating area. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawers and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Veranda Stateroom
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Veranda Stateroom
These elegant staterooms offer panoramic window views, a private veranda with seating area, a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, and two standard-sized twin beds that can convert to one queen-sized bed.
MS Louisiane Panorama Stateroom
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Panorama Stateroom
These over-sized staterooms feature a French balcony and a queen-sized bed. Each offers a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a desk, and a chair.
MS Louisiane Richelieu Suite
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Richelieu Suite
These richly furnished suites offer panoramic window views, and a windowed door that opens to a spacious promenade with a seating area. These suites feature a double armoire with built-in drawer storage, a chest of drawers, a desk and a queen-sized bed.

Notes

All fares, including land and hotel, are capacity controlled, subject to change at anytime without notice, and do not guarantee availability.

A Single Supplement of 50% is available only for the Deluxe, French Balcony, Promenade, and Veranda Staterooms.

Included in your fare:
- Complimentary one-night pre-cruise deluxe hotel stay in your embarkation city with breakfast
- Transfer to the Louisiane on sailing day and all porterage
- Ship accommodations
- Standard included shore excursion program
- Onboard meals and entertainment
- Complimentary free-flowing hand-selected spirits, wines, and beers, in addition to illy® coffees, Dammann Frères®
loose-leaf teas, soft drinks, and Natura® sparkling and still water throughout your voyage

Not included in your fare:
- Airfare
- Pre and/or post hotel accommodations (unless otherwise noted)
- Port charges and fees
- Optional premium shore excursions
- Meals ashore
- Beverages not highlighted as included
- Fuel surcharges
- Laundry (unless otherwise noted)
- Purchases from the ship boutique
- Any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, salon and spa treatments
​- Gratuities

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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